Newtown High School sophomore wrestler Anthony Falbo won a national championship during the weekend of March 27–29. Falbo claimed the 160 pound weight division title in the Sophomore Division of the 26th Annual National High School Coaches Association High School National Wrestling Championships, held at the Virginia Beach (Va.) Convention Center. Falbo won a 6-4 decision over Brandon Kui of New Jersey in the finals after a 10-3 decision over Angel Solis of California in the semifinal round. Teammate Ed Lovely garnered All-American status by placing eighth at 126 pounds, also in the sophomore division.
As the snow flakes fell, nearly 1,200 runners made their way through parts of the Fairfield Hills campus and surrounding roads to complete the 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K on March 28. Kevin Boughan edged out fellow Sandy Hook runner Nathan Steinebrey to win the morning race — both competitors had official times of 17:37, but Boughan, 39, broke the ribbon just tenths of a second before Steinebrey, 18. The top female runner, Erin Flanagan, 24, came in 13th overall in a time of 20:43. All proceeds from the event will go to the Newtown Memorial Fund.
Hard-hitting, fast-paced hockey at the collegiate level is quite a jump for those who have finished their high school careers. Dave Landau Jr, just completed bridging that gap with a ladder-climbing stint through junior hockey — one in which his skills on and off ice have left a big impression on his coach and others in the game. The 20-year-old defenseman from Newtown, this month, finished his second season in the Junior A level Minnesota Junior Hockey League, a college preparatory league, and is ready to make the move to college hockey beginning this coming fall.
All town fields remain closed, according to a reminder from Newtown Parks & Rec, which made the announcement via email Friday, March 27. Treadwell and Tilson artificial fields remain closed as well, due to snow cover and frozen sub-surface conditions.
The Newtown Police Department announced, on March 26, that certain roads on and around the Fairfield Hills campus will be closed during the Sandy Hook 5K, set to take place on Saturday, March 28. Police will block off roads into the campus, as well as Mile Hill Road South and Nunnawauk Road. The roads will be closed to traffic from approximately 8:45 am until about 9:45 am.
School spring sports are underway; Mother Nature didn’t get the memo. As of the middle of this week, plenty of snow and ice still caked the athletic playing fields, tennis courts, and golf courses in town, as well the Blue & Gold Stadium track, leaving Newtown High School’s athletics department having to be creative in approaches to tryouts and practices. Spring tryouts were held this week, March 23–25, and had to be conducted, for the most part, indoors. Early preseason scrimmages that were set to begin on Thursday, March 26, have been canceled. It is anybody’s guess as to when the playing fields will be ready for game action, and the likelihood is that area athletic directors, coaches, and the student athletes will have to deal with postponing and rescheduling early April competitions to a more substantial degree than in the past when typical April rain forces the movement of some games.
The 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K will take place at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 28, with Kids Runs beginning at 8:15 am and the 5K at 9 am. The race, despite an increase in runners from 1,200 to 1,500, sold out the day registration began, back in January. But there are still ways for those interested to become involved this year and in the future through donations, sponsorships, and volunteering opportunities, as well as via a virtual run option.
We may be closer to the end of last football season than we are to the kickoff to the next campaign, but preparations for the upcoming campaign are about to get back into full swing for some gridders, including Springfield College’s Max Nacewicz. A former Newtown High School defensive standout, Nacewicz and his teammates, beginning next week, will participate in a month’s worth of spring drills and practices before a layoff of sorts leading into the August preseason.
Newtown’s Senior League boys’ basketball championship game took place at Newtown High School on March 19. Team Red defeated Team Gray 51-41. Connor Roche scored 13 points, Erik Street had 12, and Jack Pirone contributed 11 to lead the Red squad. Spencer Tolson, Adam Bergeron, and Gordon Walsh each added five; and Alex Street contributed in the victory.